Stan Gajda 1980
|Pilot 1/Lt Ray Vandiver
Co-Pilot 1/Lt Melvin C Lewis
Crew Chief Sgt Milford W Lambert
Radio PFC Melvin Scharp
Passenger David Campbell, Postmaster-General's Department
Passenger Jack Lyons, Postmaster-General's Department
Force Landed February 26, 1942
Constructors Number 4836. Assigned tail number VH-CDW. The C-53 is a militarized version of the DC-3. Assigned to Air Transport Command, Australia with tail marking 62-TG-66.
Force landed when
the pilot overshot Broome at
night and flew on for another 400 miles. Force landed wheels-up in the dark in the only clear area for
50 miles near Vansittart Bay, about six miles south-west
of Truscott (before Truscott Airfield was built). All of the crew survived. Some of the
aircraft's parts were salvaged during the war.
Cargo door was salvaged after the war by West Australian
Airlines - MMA (MacRobertson Miller Airlines).
Allied Air Transport Operations SWPA in WWII - Volume One, page 345
ADF Serials - C-53 41-20066
Aviation-Safety.net - C-53 41-20066
Thanks to Stan
Gajda and Daniel Leahy for information
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